Ever since I started knitting obsessively about a year ago, I have been talking about opening up an Etsy shop. I thought I could give myself about a year to get some practice and skills under my belt, and planned to launch this fall (2016), in time for the busy holiday shopping season. And last weekend, I finally launched!
Check out my shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/AnisaJahan
As I’m sure is the case with most crafters, I got so busy knitting gifts for family and friends that I could hardly find the time to devote to knitting things to sell. But over Labor Day weekend this year, I caught up with a friend in DC who had recently begun making her own jewelry and also had plans to open an Etsy shop! We excitedly brainstormed ideas for our respective shops: names, prices, marketing strategies, etc. We set a deadline for a launch date (early October), and also agreed to keep each other posted on our progress. Having a friend going through the same process made it even more fun! (Check out Whitney’s shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MinimalistElegance)
To launch by early October, I had a lot to do in a short period of time. Thankfully, lots of friends gave me some great advice. One who previously had an Etsy shop recommended this book: The Handmade Marketplace. I actually haven’t even finished it yet, but it’s full of great tips for launching a business of handmade items. Another friend has been coming up with great ideas for marketing and promoting my listings. And yet another friend, who is a photographer, offered to do a photo shoot of my products!
Last weekend, my photographer friend and I got together to photograph my items. I had been wanting to learn more about photography anyway, so it worked out perfectly! And now I know a little more about fiddling around with my own camera for the future.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our photo shoot:
We thought it would be helpful to not only have photos of the items laying flat, but also some photos of me modeling them as well. As you can see with my recent posts, I’ve gotten my feet wet with modeling outfits, so I didn’t mind modeling my knits at all.
I’m starting out with four listings on my shop, but I will soon have more up, since I knit just about every day :). After I get a few more items completed, my friend and I plan to do another photo shoot.
While opening the shop alone was a huge personal success, it also symbolizes so much more for me…stay tuned for my next post describing how crafting has helped improve my mental health.